About This Initiative
Children growing up in low-income households fall behind an average of two months in reading achievement during the summer. And, this ‘summer slide’ adds up—by the end of fifth grade, children growing up in low-income households are nearly three grade equivalents behind their more affluent peers.
The city of Las Vegas seeks to reverse this trend through effective, research-based Summer Learning Academies.
In partnership with local education nonprofits, Summer Learning Academies utilize explicit, engaging instruction in reading and math to mitigate the loss of academic skills during the summer months. Students are also provided a nutritious breakfast and lunch daily at no charge.
For $30,000 per school site, Summer Learning Academies will serve 150 students from underperforming schools.